Advanced Therapeutics & Pharm
Run by School of Medical and Health Sciences
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr James Burston
Overall aims and purpose
This module aims to complete the knowledge related to therapeutics and prescribing as set out in the PA curriculum. The module will introduce more complex issues around therapies, including poly-pharmacy and complexities related to co-morbidities. Students will be further exposed to prescribing safety and clarity in prescribing to aid supervising clinicians when signing drug administration charts and infusion charts. Students will consolidate their knowledge on the indications and monitoring/ follow-up of patients.
Consolidating knowledge and understanding following on from the first module. This module will complete the areas of competence related to prescribing and cover therapeutic interventions for the remaining conditions as set out in the PA curriculum. The management of medical emergencies and more common but particularly bespoke drugs including insulins and anti-coagulation, together with the use of guidelines and in particular the British National Formulary will be covered. The participation of patients and carers in decision making and making informed consent will inform on the application of bespoke clinical practice. These main subject areas will combine with the other modules in a spiral approach to curriculum delivery to optimise the learning on the PA program
Category C (50% -59%)
A threshold student should have basic knowledge of the essential facts and key concepts of therapeutics and pharmacology presented in the module. The work is only based on lecture material and no evidence of wider reading or critical thinking.
Category B (60%-69%)
A good student should have a thorough factual knowledge across all aspects of the module, and be able to detail examples where appropriate. The work presented is largely based on the lecture material. Limited evidence of wider reading and critical analysis.
Category A (70% - 100%):
An excellent student should have a thorough factual knowledge across all aspects of the module, and be able to detail examples where appropriate, supported by additional reading and knowledge drawn from other modules. The work presents evidence of critical thinking. Especially for the higher A marks, critical analysis and wider reading is essential.
Develop a deeper understanding of the appropriate use of therapies
Review the benefits and risks related to interventions
Gain an in-depth knowledge regarding use of drug administration/fluid charts
Explore how therapeutic interventions relate to disease prevention, diagnoses and management plans
Analyse the administration of bespoke therapies, side effects and management, factors influencing dosage, drug interactions and poly-pharmacy.
Review evidence related to prescribing medications, guidelines and issues surrounding safe prescribing
Be able to calculate dosage/infusions and have a working knowledge of a range of prescribed drugs and their administration.
Gain an advanced understanding of the key areas of therapeutics
Teaching and Learning Strategy
During private study students will: prepare for exams, prepare their contributions to group work by reading the suggested texts and literature. Undertake formative assessment to obtain feedback.
10 x 2 hour sessions which will include lectures, case studies, and group work. This time will be split up and and take place in between placements over semester 1 and 2.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others